2 Chronicles 33:12-18
And when he was in affliction, he sought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,…
I. THE BENEFIT OF AFFLICTIONS IN BRINGING THE .SINNER TO A TRUE SENSE OF HIS CONDITION AND CONVERTING HIM TO GOD.
II. THE MERCY OF GOD IN SO BRINGING AND RECEIVING HIM.
III. THE REMAINING AND LASTING PORTION OF THE EVIL OF SIN, EVEN AFTER THE INDIVIDUAL IS PARDONED. In the Second Book of Kings it is repeatedly declared that Judah was destroyed on account of the sons of Manasseh.
1. A man looks back with sorrow and contrite concern upon the follies and sins of his youth; but what of his companions in guilt? Some, perhaps, whom he seduced into sin, and many whom he encouraged and confirmed in sin.
2. Some writers have employed their pens in the odious cause of immorality and irreligion. Such persons have lamented their errors; but the publication has done its work; the poison has been circulated, and the corruption is incurable.
(J. Slade, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers,